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Lambda Pi Eta’s new president takes the reins
By Colton Rhea McConnell
Lambda Pi Eta has ushered in a new president, Rachael Ross.
Ross takes over from Kristina Contreras who stepped down at the end of the 2016 spring semester in order to spend more time with her studies. Contreras plans to graduate with a master’s degree in spring 2017.
“I kind of got grandfathered into the presidency. Kristina Contreras asked me if I was interested in the position and I agreed,” said Ross. “It’s big shoes to fill, because she was excellent at what she did, but I’m excited to bring some fresh new ideas to Lambda.”
Ross, who is also a graduate student in the corporate and professional communication program, previously served as Lambda Pi Eta’s vice-president.
As the current president of Lambda Pi Eta, Ross plans for its members to be involved in many of the events and service projects that come to campus. Lambda Pi Eta will be helping with the inauguration of President Hemphill and participating in Radford Gives Back, a service project that helps collect non-perishable food for children through the Highlanders Helpers Backpack Program.
“It’s good experience,” said Ross. “I like doing this and planning things and having new ideas and soliciting help from other people.”
Along with these opportunities, Ross and vice-president, Tylisia Crews, plan to coordinate an HTML workshop–the standard markup language used to create webpages and applications—workshop sponsored by Lambda Pi Eta.
“I think it’s very important for communication majors especially, to know about HTML,” said Ross.
Currently, Ross has reserved a room for Lambda Pi Eta’s induction ceremony on Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. and no specific plans have been made in preparation for Communications Week, which takes place at Radford during the spring semester.
“School just started so everybody is in limbo, trying to get back into the grove of things,” said Ross. There are still some things the faculty need to do with getting everything together, so Communication Week won’t be in full effect till January.”
Besides holding the position of president of Lambda Pi Eta at Radford, Ross also plays center for Radford University’s women’s basketball team and she is the president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.